Shopping, Shopping, and More Shopping

The Holiday Season Can be Costly, Busy, and Stressful.

What type of shopper are you?

A. I shop for hours, comb the ads and racks for great deals, and enjoy every minute of it.
B. I make a list and shop only for items on my list with military precision--shopping is not fun.
C. I shop online. I can find everything I need without the crowded stores and stressed customers.
D. I find someone else to shop for me. I'm not a shopper and never will be.
E. I shop early. I shop throughout the year and stash items throughout my home.
F. I wait until the last minute to shop. My recipients are lucky to get whatever I can find moments before they open them.
G. I wrap my own purchases.
H. I have my purchases gift-wrapped at the store.

I love the holidays. I look forward to November 1st so I might put up my tree, lights, and sprinkle in Christmas music. As for shopping, I am not a shopper. I attempt to do as much shopping online as I can. For other items, I make a list and quickly shop for only the items on it.  I do not browse.  I do not walk hours in the mall enjoying the sounds, smells, crowds, and displays. I love gift-giving just not the procuring of said gifts. 

I learned years ago, that shopping early is costly for me. Although I claim to have my shopping done, I tend to add more items here and there as I find them.  Thus, my family receives more gifts than they should. I tend to shop the first half of December but I create a shopping list starting in January to keep track of my gift ideas.

Whatever type of shopper you are, I wish you luck as you seek to secure your gifts.

Still looking for gift ideas? Think books.

A book exists for everyone. When searching for a book as a gift, consider what you enjoy reading and share a good book you've read. Think of the hobbies, travels, and interests your family/friend might enjoy and purchase a book on one of those topics. Check out their social media pages for ideas, too.  See if they are a member of Goodreads. If so, genres and books they enjoy will be posted there. Coffee table books are also a great gift idea.

Here's a Free Gift Idea

It costs nothing to leave a review for an author once you read a book.  Indie Authors especially love reviews. Feedback from readers encourages authors to continue writing. Whether the author is a personal friend or not, a review is a great way to share good books with other readers, boost sales for the author, and let them know readers do care about their writing.

It only takes a few words and a minute to write a review. "I enjoyed this story." "Kept me on the edge of my seat." "A great beach read." A few words or paragraphs, both are greatly appreciated.

Speaking of Books

I currently have 5 books on sale for 99¢ for the holidays.  Download a book or 5 for yourself and remember Amazon allows you to send eBooks as gifts. It's easy and a great way to shop for others on your list.

Haley Rhoades on Amazon

Happy Holidays,

Haley Rhoades


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